If you’ve read our last two blog posts, you know that we’ve been writing about the Ministry to Parents Road Map.

The road map outlines these 4 steps to building a ministry to parents at your church:

  1. Build a Parent Ministry Plan
  2. Encourage Parents
  3. Help Parents Lead
  4. Care for Your Soul

Each step along this journey will help you and your church multiply your ministry efforts by leveraging the powerful influence of parents.

GO HERE if you missed the blog post on STEP 1: BUILD A PARENT MINISTRY PLAN.

Although there are many components involved in building a parent ministry plan, one of the fundamental features is a safe and structured ministry. That’s why the free resource for Step 1’s blog post is a VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATION KIT.

For today’s blog post, we’re going to focus on:

STEP 2: ENCOURAGE PARENTS

When you decided to step into your job, I imagine you were excited to work with the children or teenagers. But then, you quickly discovered early on. Those students have parents. And when those parents need encouragement, they come to you because you love working with students.

But…are there times as a minister where you don’t feel like a parenting expert? If so, me too. Parenting is hard, and I’m not sure anyone can claim to be an expert at it.

But I have some good news for you!

Parents don’t need us to be experts.  They need us to be encouragers.

Now that’s a job any of us can do.

Every time you walk through the hallways of your church, you have the opportunity to interact with parents who are:

  • Disappointed – their kid didn’t live up to their expectations and feel shame
  • Discouraged – they feel hopeless about their kid’s situation or behavior
  • Angry – their family just finished an intense fight in the car on the way to church
  • Hurting – their kid faces a struggle or traumatic event that has the parent reeling
  • Afraid – they feel fear over their kid daily

The bottom line is that the opportunity to encourage parents is so BIG we can’t ignore it anymore.

Ministry to Parents created a road map that lays out a simple yet powerful plan for ministering to the parents in your church. A significant part of that strategy is to intentionally and lavishly pour encouragement on the parents in your ministry.

What I’m most proud of regarding Ministry to Parents is that we don’t just teach our members how to do it, we help them get it done. We create resources that set up beautiful moments of encouragement between you and the parents in your ministry.

  • To the disappointed parent, you become a safe listener.
  • To the discouraged parent, you become a reminder there is hope.
  • To the angry parent, you become a calming presence.
  • To the hurting parent, you become a physical representation of God’s comfort.
  • To the fearful parent, you become a faithful friend.

Today we are giving you the resource: MINISTRY KIT FOR FAMILIES WITH ILLNESS.

Ministers encounter a myriad of circumstances regarding parents, and one of those is when families deal with illness. What do you say? When do you visit? How can you help? Our kit includes eight items to help answer those questions.

The items included in today’s gift are:

  • 5 Ways to Care for a Family with a Sick Child Article
  • 5 Ways to Care for a Family with a Sick Child Volunteer Training Handout
  • 4 Ways to Walk with a Student Whose Parent is Ill Article
  • 4 Ways to Walk with a Student Whose Parent is Ill Volunteer Training Handout
  • Thinking of You Postcard from Teenagers to Teenagers
  • Thinking of You Postcard from Parents to Parents
  • Thinking of You Postcard from a Child to a Child
  • A Five-Day Hope in the Hospital Devotional

A few years ago, I received a diagnosis of cancer, and my family found comfort with the encouragement from those around us. “Speaking courage into people” is close to my heart!

I hope you use this kit to encourage the families in your church who are struggling with sickness.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE MINISTRY KIT HERE

Your Parent Ministry Partner,

Jeremy Lee